Denzel Washington’s First Film as Director Features The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey

Antwone Fisher (actor Derek Luke) receives a copy of the Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey from Dr. Jerome Davenport (Denzel Washington)
Antwone Fisher (actor Derek Luke) receives a copy of the Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey from Dr. Jerome Davenport (Denzel Washington)

Denzel Washington’s 2003 blockbuster movie Antwone Fisher features Marcus Garvey’s great book, The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey.

The Oscar award winning Washington both directs and acts in the movie. As a naval psychiatrist working with sailor Antwone Fisher, Denzel Washington tells Antwone Fisher to read The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey as a way of building his self-esteem as a Black man.

The Philosophy and Opinions has long been recognized as one of the great inspirational works for Black people.

Marcus Garvey’s book “The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey” is available as a free download. You can download it at:

either Archive.org or the Journal of Pan African Studies